Colonial Beekeepers Nuc Program – providing Virginia bees to Virginia beekeepers!
We have club beekeepers in our program with the goal of producing nucs for beekeepers interested in local honey bees.

So what is a NUC? A NUC is a small colony of bees (NUCleus colony) which is started from a fully developed hive. Another common term is a split. Most members will not start splitting hives until well into the nectar flow so the main hive honey production is not impacted severely. That is not a definite date...depends on weather. It then will take 4-6 weeks until the nuc is ready to sell/deliver. We are hoping to have nucs ready for purchase in late spring.....late in May into June or even later.

So here is how it works....The club nuc coordinator keeps a list of club nuc producers, a list of club members and a list non-members who wish to obtain a nuc or two (wannabees). We personally DO NOT have a stash of nucs in the freezer or in the back yard!!!!

When the "NUC Coordinator" is notified by a producer that a NUC is available for sale/delivery, he/she goes down the list of "club wannabees" and sends the producer a couple of names with contact info. The nuc producer will contact you directly via phone and/or email. It is very important that the buyer contact the producer as soon as possible after notification that a nuc is ready for pickup and make arrangements. Once again ....The "wannabee" will be notified and it is then that person's responsibility to get the NUC in a timely fashion.....most producers want it picked up in a day or two and they set the terms for pick up ....

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN SIGNING UP FOR A NUC, READ ON:

Nucs include:

  • 3 Frames of brood
  • 2 Frames of food stores
  • 1 Queen that laid the brood
  •  State Inspection

Prices:
Members

  • $120 for medium frame nuc (2016)
  • $130 for deep frame nuc (2016)

Non-members

  • $145 for medium frame nuc
  • $155 for deep frame nuc

Members Only
Over wintered nucs

  • $25 additional cost

We recommend that you take the Beginning Beekeepers Course and have a mentor assigned prior to receiving bees.

You can sign up for a maximum of two (2) nucs a year, but will only receive one at a time. As nucs become available, orders will be filled until everyone on the list gets one (1) nuc. If you have signed up for two (2) nucs, you will then be contacted to pick up your second nuc as they become available. We will fill member orders first and then non-member orders.

Please bring appropriate equipment including tiedowns and protective clothing when you pick up your bees, as you will be inspecting your nuc at that time.  Your responsibilities when you receive a nuc are to:

  • Bring your bee suit and hive tools so you can inspect the hive with the producer.
  • Bring your hive body (bottom board, box, inner cover, telescoping cover) with extra frames of foundation or comb to fill out your hive.
  • Bring devices to close off your hive entry(s), so bees don't escape during transport.
  • Bring Push pins to lock your bees/frames and to lock the entry device for transport.
  • Bring ratchet tie-down strap(s) for securing the hive for transport.

If you would like to be added to the Colonial Beekeepers nuc list, please email the following information to Steve Kolet at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and/or
Fran Hurd at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. :

  • your name
  • telephone number
  • email address
  • number of nucs, 1 or 2
  • deep or medium frames
  • are you a CBA member?

If you have additional questions you can call Steve at 757-345-0887(H), 610-304-4679(C) or Fran at 757-293-8786(C).

 

 

 

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March 12 & 13

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Williamsburg Home Show

 

March 15th

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Monthly Club Meeting

 

March 17th

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Beginning Beekeeping
Day 1

 

March 24th

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Beginning Beekeeping
Day 2

 

March 31st

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Beginning Beekeeping
Day 3

 

 

 

 

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NewBees Corner

 

Information listed here is for the new beekeepers looking for new information and guidance on beekeeping and beekeeping chores:

 

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Watching the 10 day weather forecasts? Spring is upon us! The maples are blooming, that purple stuff is coming up all over my yard, the bees are bring in pollen and surely some nectar. The 15 day forecast has the daytime temps in the 50's, 60's and even 70's and more importantly the nighttime temps are in the 40's and 50's. Those colonies are going to start building up. Time to get busy. Two hive manipulations to consider in these next couple of weeks are "Opening the Broodnest" and/or "Rotating Hive Bodies". If opening/expanding the brood nest I would caution to start slowly here in March but become familiar with the technique and get more agressive in April and May. Another thing to consider is adding supers at this time. A good discussion of adding supers early is given by Walt Wright in "Nectar Management 101". Here we go!

 

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